Physics | Analytical Mechanics 1
P441 | 3710 | Ogren

P441 Analytical Mechanics
Fall 2002
Office: Swain West 263 Tel: 855-2992

LECTURE: MWF9:05 – 9:55 AM
OFFICE HOURS: W, F 10 – 12 AM, F 2-4 PM, or by appointment .
TEXTS: “Classical Dynamics of Particles and Systems”, by J.B. Marion
and S.T. Thornton, 4th Ed’n (Saunders, 1995). The course will follow
the topics in the text reasonably closely.
Classical Mechanics: Third Edition, by H. Goldstein, C. Poole and J.
Safko, Addison-Wesley, 2000. Originally written in 1950, it has just
come out in a 3rd edition. For many years this was the "standard"
classical mechanics text, sometimes used in 1st-year grad courses,
other times at the P441 level. It covers very similar topics to
Marion/Thornton, but at a slightly higher level. Suggested if you
want an alternative presentation to a topic.
Classical Mechanics, a Modern Perspective, by V. Barger and M.
Olsson, McGraw-Hill, 1995. A very nice text, it has some topics you
probably won't find in other textbooks. They treat selected topics in
depth and with great clarity.
HOMEWORK: Homework will be assigned every Friday, and should be
turned in by 4 PM on the following Friday (this is the end of my
office hours). HW turned in later than that time cannot be accepted.
HW assignments will be posted on our Website. I want the HW to be
challenging, and to present physics examples of the materials covered
in the lectures.
EXAMS: There will be 3 exams.
GRADING: The HW grade will count 30% of your course grade. The exams
will count 70%. All scores will be posted on the Web, through the
Post’em system.
WEB SITE: Up-to-date info can be found on the class Web site: